June 7, 2016

Speakers

Hear invited thought leaders present compelling case studies and drive discussions across a variety of interactive formats.

Alex Benay

Alex Benay

President & CEO, Canada Science & Technology Museums Corporation

Alex Benay was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation (CSTMC) by the Minister of Canadian Heritage in July 2014. The CSTMC operates three national museums: Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, as well as the Canada Science and Technology Museum, and reached close to 14 million Canadians last year.

Prior to joining the Corporation, Mr Benay had been Vice-President, Government Affairs and Business Development at Open Text, Canada’s largest software company, since 2011. Over the years, he has played a leadership role in Canada’s digital industry as well as promoting global digitalism in organisations and groups such as the G20, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Olympics, etc. Prior to his time at OpenText, Mr. Benay managed various teams and programs at the Canadian International Development Agency, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Natural Resources Canada, as well as Library and Archives Canada.

A native of Quebec City, Mr Benay grew up in Ottawa and attended the University of Ottawa, where he studied history. He is a community volunteer and an active hockey coach for close to 20 years. In addition to his current position, Mr. Benay acts as Director on the Board of the Canadian Association of Science Centres, is an advisory board member on Algonquin College’s Applied Museum Studies program, and is an active member of the International Council of Museums. Mr Benay lives in Ottawa with his wife and two children.


IMRAN KHAN

IMRAN KHAN

Vice President, Digital Customer Experience, TD Bank Group

Imran is currently Vice President, Digital Customer Experience at TD Bank Group where he is responsible for delivering legendary experiences. Prior to this role, Imran held various executive roles within TD’s Digital Channels and Marketing groups.

He has also held senior management roles at Deloitte Consulting and Critical Path Inc. (now Open Text).

Earlier in his career, Imran was an Engineer for the F-22 aircraft and was an early member the docSpace Company, a digital startup that sold for $600MM.

Imran is a professionally licensed engineer with an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a B.A.Sc in Computer Engineering from U of T.

John Mellor

John Mellor

Vice President, Strategy, Business Development & Marketing, Adobe

As vice president of strategy & business development, and marketing for the Digital Marketing Business at Adobe Systems, Mellor leads strategy for the Adobe Marketing Cloud – the world’s leading marketing platform. He also drives the marketing initiatives for Adobe’s Digital Marketing Buisness Unit, which drives $1B in annual revenue. Mellor’s responsibilities also include driving the Adobe Genesis partner program to integrate the solutions of more than 200 independent software vendors with the Marketing Cloud. he also builds strategic relationships with Adobe’s partners, which represent the world’s leaders in digital marketing, advertising and publishing, as well as social media, competitive intelligence and customer relationship management systems.

Mellor joined Omniture in 2003, prior to the company’s acquisition by Adobe in 2009. Previously, he served as senior leadership for RichFX, an online merchandising company for high-end retailers. Mellor also co-founded and led strategy and business development for Viewpoint, a provider of interactive media technology and services for websites and enterprise applications, which was acquired in 1998 by Computer Associates.

An experienced public speaker, Mellor presents at numerous conferences and trade shows on topics such as digital marketing, advertising, media and business optimization.

Mellor holds both a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA from Brigham Young University.


Greg Reeder

Greg Reeder

Director, Department of Defense Tech Strategy, Adobe

Greg Reeder is Director for Department of Defense Tech Strategy at Adobe. His goal it to help government maintain a leading edge through technology. Greg collaborates with government agencies and partners to identify innovative solutions to their challenges — from analytics to creative development, cyber security to forms automation, digital asset management to content personalization. For more than two decades, Greg has led digital strategy, creative production, quality engineering, social media innovation, mobile apps and web development for commercial entities as well as the U.S. Department of Defense.

Peter Simeoni

Peter Simeoni

Assistant Deputy Minister, Citizen Service Branch, Service Canada

Service Canada is the service delivery arm of Employment and Social Development Canada for its main programs, including Employment Insurance, Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security, passports and grants and contributions.

Peter Simeoni is responsible for Service Canada’s client-facing operations, including its network of offices and other points of service, its on-line client account, 1-800 O-Canada operations, as well as its passport services. Peter is the business lead for the department’s Digital Service Strategy, and is responsible for the government-wide web principal publisher service under the Government of Canada’s Web Renewal Initiative.

Prior to joining Service Canada, Peter was Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet (Senior Personnel and Special Projects) in the Privy Council Office.

Mr. Simeoni graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from Carleton University in Ottawa and holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Toronto.


Alan Webber

Alan Webber

Research Director, IDC Government Insights

Alan Webber is Research Director for IDC Government Insights. In this role, Alan leads IDC’s National Security and Intelligence research program as well as IDC’s government cybersecurity and cybercrime research efforts. Specific areas of research interest for Alan are the national security and cybersecurity aspects of technology policy, cybercrime, big data and analytics, internet of things, 3D printing, automation, cognitive computing, encryption, digital risk and security, and privacy.

Alan has more than 25 years of analyst, management, and technology experience working in the public sector. Alan is able to provide strategic advice and market intelligence on emerging and existing technologies, business practices, and market trends in the national security space. He also tracks the evolution and impact of legislative and policy efforts in the areas of cybersecurity, cybercrime, encryption, and privacy.

Alan’s primary research interests are to assist clients in understanding the intersection of society/culture, technology, and government. His research covers market forces and transformation technologies critical to the evolution and success of national government agencies and programs, enabling political leaders, line of business executives, and IT executives to be informed on today’s technology challenges in preparation for tomorrow.


MICHELE LAJEUNESSE

MICHELE LAJEUNESSE

Executive Director, GTEC

Michele Lajeunesse is Executive Director and Director of Content for GTEC, and Chair of the Board of Governors. She is no stranger to GTEC and its community, having previously served as Chair of the Distinction Awards volunteering her time to lead and oversee the awards judging process for over 6 years. With a career spanning over 20 years in the ICT industry, Michele has also held Vice-President positions leading Business Development, Pre-Sales, and Post-Sales organizations for two local tech firms, and has provided her expertise as an experienced Senior Management Consultant in program management, business process transformation, organizational change strategies, effective business cases, and alternative service delivery channels to numerous federal public sector ADM and DM level initiatives. Michele continues to be instrumental in introducing innovative approaches and solutions to business problems across the Canadian Government, and to advocate for women in technology through her participation in various ICT associations including Women in Communications & Technology (WCT).